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Frontier School District to put $24.5M capital project to a vote

Frontier Central School Board members plan to put a $24.5 million capital project before voters at next May's budget vote.

The School Board has not given final approval to the project, but it will address issues at each school that have been documented in building surveys that New York State requires districts to complete every five years.

"It's all maintenance," Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said of the proposed project.

Each month the board gets an update on parts of the project, which could include new parking lots, gym floors, auditorium renovations, ventilation and lighting improvements, bathroom renovations and other items. A review of the entire project is to be presented at the board's March 21 meeting.

"The timing of this project is to coincide with some old debt coming off so there wouldn’t be an increase in our debt service," Apthorpe said.

The School Board plans to stay under the tax cap in next year's budget, under budget guidelines board members approved Tuesday. The tax cap is expected to be about 1 percent, according to the guideline document.

The board has reviewed the maintenance issues in the high school and middle school, and plans to review the maintenance issues at all elementary buildings Jan. 3. Issues with transportation areas, athletic fields and the Frontier Educational Center are to be addressed Feb. 7.

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